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Summary: When we find hate in our heart, it is simply a sign that we are going to need to forgive. Forgiveness doesn't make the other person right, it sets you free. For a believer , forgiveness is not simply the wisest choice, O Beloved, it is our only choice.

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For Those that are not familiar with an Anglican Service; there are four Scripture readings prior to the Message. Today's assigned readings are: Exodus 14:19-31; Psalm 114; Romans 14:1-12 and Matthew 18:21-35

A driver placed a note under the windshield wiper of his illegally parked car..... which read:

"I have circled the block for 20 minutes.

I'm late for an appointment,..... and if I don't park here .....I'll lose my job. ..........'Forgive us our trespasses'."

When he came back .....he found a parking ticket .....and a note from a policeman: ......."I've circled the block for 20 years, .....and if I do not give you a ticket, ......I will lose my job. .......'Lead us not into temptation'."

Last week the Scriptures spoke on how we deal with conflict.

Quickly on the heels of that question, ..... comes the equally difficult question of ............(Slow) how do we forgive.

We all understand the general concept of forgiveness, ......but most of us are not especially proficient on the specifics.

So, this today, .....we are going to address the question:

How Do I Forgive?

First Beloved.... You must be Truthful, ......You must Acknowledge .....that you have been......hurt.

(1 Finger) The starting point for pursuing forgiveness ......is to admit.... that you have in fact .....been hurt.

We often like to pretend as if what he said did not really bother us ......or what she did or said .....did not even phase us.

But until we are willing to admit ......that we were hurt by them, ......we are not in a place ......where we can begin .....to pursue forgiveness. (Pause)

There are many incidents in life that are not candidates for forgiveness ...... things like minor

disappointments ......or passing slights.

Situations that require forgiveness ....are ones where the pain inflicted ..... is personal,.... unfair, ....and deep.

Things like betrayal and brutality - physical or emotional...... would surely rise to this level.

Beloved....At this point,...... as we hurt, .......we are likely to find .....some hatred ......buried in our heart.

Hatred, of course, .....is never a good thing, ....... we must be careful .....that we do not try to get rid of it ......by covering the hatred up.

When we find hate in our heart, ......it is simply a sign ...... that we are going to need .....to forgive.

(1 Finger) First admit that you have been hurt. (2 Fingers) Second ...... Surrender your right to get even. REPEAT

(Pause)

A mother ran into the bedroom .......when she heard her seven-year-old son .....scream.

She found his two-year-old sister ......pulling his hair.

She gently released the little girl's grip and said to the boy,....

"There, there. .....She didn't mean it. ......She doesn't know that hurts."

He nodded his acknowledgement, and the mother left the room.

As she started down the hall ... she heard the little girl intensely scream.

Rushing back in, she asked, "What happened?"

The little boy replied, ...... "She knows now." (Pause)

Few would dispute...... our right ....to get even.

The rule of the world is ......." To do unto others .....as they have done ......unto you."


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